The Cromaine District Library offers several regular storytime programs to encourage reading and promote early literacy. Check our online schedule to sign-up!
- Chat Danger: How to keep safe in chat rooms.
- Drivers.com: World's leading site on drivers and driver behavior.
- ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board): Independent board establishes ratings for software games (including PC, MAC, Nintendo DS, X Box).
- SafeKids: Tips, advice and suggestions to make an online experience fun & productive.
- Screen It!: Screen It! was created to give parents a way to access the content of popular entertainment their kids are exposed to. The site offers an unbiased, easy to use, yet heavily detailed and complete look at popular entertainment your kids might see, rent, or buy.
- A Thin Line: When does text-messaging cross the line into harassment or abuse? This site is aimed at Teens and discusses issues of control, appropriateness, and abuse when it comes to texting and other social media.
- Recalls - Children's product recalls.
- Children's Car Seats - Child safety seat inspection station locator.
- BabyZone - Safety tips and articles about babies and toddlers.
School, Homework, & Research
- Accelerated Reader: AR book lists for Hartland elementary schools & Farms Intermediate School.
- Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Kids: Games, lesson plans, and musical sound bytes.
- Extreme Science: Earth, space, weather, and more! Everything science, just for kids.
- HomeworkSpot: Resources for parents as well as curriculum links for elementary through high school aged children.
- Internet Public Library 2: Links for teachers and parents compiled by librarians to provide trustworthy and reputable information. Includes a search engine for kids and the option to chat live with a librarian.
- Library of Congress – Kids and Families: Library of Congress site for kids and parents full of resources and fun stuff. Their tagline is “Log on, play around, learn something.”
- Michigan Education and Children's Services: State of Michigan information for parents
- Michigan eLibrary Web Resources for Parents: Visit these Michigan Department of Education eLibrary resources.
- Olga's Gallery: Over 10,000 images of works of art throughout the centuries.
- ALA Great Websites: Great websites for parents, caregivers, teachers and others compiled by the American Library Association.
- Child.com: Parenting information from the publishers of American Baby, Parents & Family Circle magazines.
- Connect for Kids: Guidance for grown-ups.
- Exceptional Websites for Children: Multiple websites tested by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).
- Hints from Heloise: A site full of online hints about almost everything.
- The Oppenhein Toy Portfolio: Check out reviews for toys, books, videos, and audio materials by age group, award winners, or item type.
- Parent Teacher Association – Involvement: Explore the importance of parent involvement in a child’s life, and all the challenges and benefits that go along with it.
- Pure Michigan: Michigan travel information, searchable by city, places to stay, things to do, and featured destinations.
RESOURCES TO PREPARE FOR AND RECOVER FROM CRISIS
The following information has been gathered by The Michigan Department of Education. These resources might be useful in discussion with your children:
Detroit Public Television and other local PBS stations are working together to bring trusted, helpful information today and in the days to come.
PBS Parents website has detailed information about how children of different ages perceive and respond to upsetting events. You'll find suggestions for helping your child talk about their feelings, as well as strategies to address their fears.
Mr. Rogers discussion with parents on scary news. You can view a short video featuring him in either English or Spanish. Click here.
We suggest this video, from the fall of 2011. Keeping kids safe going to and from school is the topic of this interview, which aired on DPTV in August, featuring DPS Police Chief Roderic Grimes.
And for a deeper look into teen violence and suicide, a documentary PBS aired called a Cry for Help, has a website with links to a number of resources.
Major State and Federal Resources
Michigan Department of Education's Safe School web site.
U.S. Department of Education bulletin from Secretary Duncan sent at 12/17/2012.
Helping Youth and Children Recover from Traumatic Events from the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center.
National Institute of Mental Health - Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters
Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) is a national initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts.
American Association of Pediatrics - Children, Terrorism & Disasters. Includes information about biological, chemical, and nuclear agents, as well as information about the psychological aspects of disasters.
Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools - The US Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools is the federal government's primary vehicle for reducing drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, and violence, through education and prevention activities in our nation's schools. Includes current news, publications, and information about funding opportunities.